People & Places of North Vietnam, 1948-1968: Selections from the Bruce H. Blowitz Collection
July 31-October 4
Entrepreneur, adventurer and art collector Bruce Blowitz happened to be in Southeast Asia in the mid 1980s when Vietnam opened its doors to the West again, decades after the disastrous war that pulled countries apart. Among the discoveries he made at that time was a wealth of historical art depicting the period preceding the war and shortly thereafter in which Vietnam was striving for industrialization and advancements in its economy and infrastructure. He amassed a sizable collection of rare mid-20th century Vietnamese works on paper including historically invaluable Communist party propaganda posters.
Similar in style to the Social Realism of early 20th century Russia and WPA America during the Great Depression, the earliest of these images show the power of art to inspire and motivate working people toward a new idea of their country. As the war progressed, art was put in service of the war effort with images and messages encouraging the Vietnamese to fight their Capitalist enemies.
Prints by Frank Stella
June 11-Septmeber 6
Prints by Frank Stella features 14 dynamic, colorful prints from the artist, known mostly for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.
Though originally a painter, Stella began his extended engagement with printmaking in the mid-1960s, working first with master printer Kenneth Tyler at Gemini G.E.L. He used lithography, screenprinting, intaglio and relief printing, often combining them in complex mixed medium prints, regularly named after paintings exploring similar themes. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Stella created a large body of work that responded in a general way to Herman melville's Moby Dick, several of which are included in this exhibition.
This exhibition is on loan from the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama.
Reproduction, including downloading of Stella works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Art of the Ancient World
The Appleton presents a selection from our permanent collection of antiquities. The antiquities collection includes more than 900 pieces, collected by Arthur Appleton and gifted by several other generous donors. Art of the Ancient World includes fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works along with others from neighboring ancient civilizations.